It wasn’t the Kiwi star’s only surprise of the night. Lorde informed her fans she spotted a plaque backstage which revealed Powderfinger, the retired hometown heroes, had played the venue on five occasions. With two Riverstage concerts already under her belt and just 21 years I’d age, Lorde has a lot of time to catch them up. “I was raised on Powderfinger. That was my shit,” she said before hitting a few bars of “My Happiness.”
If many in the crowd didn’t immediately recognize the rockers’ signature song from 2000 song, fair enough. Many of the screamers up front probably weren’t born when it came out. Certainly not the 14-year-old superfan Charlotte, who got a front row spot for the show, and who burst into tears when the star came on down for a chat. A vague meltdown erupted, in Lorde’s words. The New Zealander has that effect in these parts. Her latest album, Melodrama, like its predecessor, debuted at No. 1 on the national chart.
If she felt she hadn’t won enough Aussie hearts, Lorde made no mistake when she draped herself in the national flag during a performance of “Team," the third-from-last song of the night (“Green Light” finished the set, “Loveless” was the encore). It was a big day for flag-waving in the Queensland capital, as the international cricket season kicked off earlier just a mile across the river at the Gabba with the first day’s play in the Ashes series, pitting Australia against England. There was no arguing a New Zealander was the winner tonight.
The Australian leg of Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour, produced by Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring, wraps up Saturday night (Nov. 26) at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, though she’ll stay in the country a little longer to deliver a special performance next Tuesday (Nov. 28) at the ARIA Awards in Sydney.